Category: First Time Home Buyers

    • Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now

      Black Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type of buyer that is very active this winter – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index, which tracks the average number of appointments received on active U.S. house listings. […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Have You Outgrown Your Home?

      It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. The good news is, it’s okay to admit if your house no longer fits your needs. According to the […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership

      Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them: Refinance: If you already own a home, you may want to decide if you’re going to refinance. […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

      Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home, a […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the median age of all first-time homebuyers is 32.
      • With more millennials entering a homebuying phase of life, they are driving a large portion of the buyer appetite in the market, keeping buyer activity strong.
      • More and more “old millennials” (ages 25-36) are realizing that homeownership is now within their grasp, and they’re actively dominating the first-time homebuyer market!
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • What is the Best Investment for Americans?

      Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable. Porch.com, a major network helping homeowners with their renovation projects, recently conducted a survey which asked Americans: “What do you believe is the safest investment over the next 10 years?” U.S. housing […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • It’s ‘National Roof Over Your Head’ Day!

      Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd? As noted on the National Calendar, it was “created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Buyers Are Looking For Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.46 million. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6 months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month supply. Inventory remains low due to high ...
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

      There are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership has been a part of the long-standing American dream. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and it’s […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • 7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season

      Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why listing your house now or keeping it on the market this winter may be the […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante